This painting is so bad it gave me both brain and eye cancer.
You may remember radical conservative artist Jon McNaughton’s last pro-Trump portrait which featured a solemn President Trump lovingly cradling a filthy, tattered American flag to his bosom while he dabbed it with a cloth.
My new painting – "Respect the Flag."
When we don't respect the flag enough to fight for it, we will be the weakest generation. – Jon McNaughton pic.twitter.com/Z3hVOa6CMn
— Jon McNaughton (@McNaughtonArt) February 27, 2018
Well he’s back with a new one, this time featuring a very patient and compassionate Trump sitting on a bench(?) and teaching a man to fish in what looks like a park(?)
In John McNaughton’s newest painting, Trump teaches a college student with a “Justice Warrior” textbook how to fish. pic.twitter.com/iwTWDKCc55
— Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) April 27, 2018
McNaughton explained the tedious imagery:
“’Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.’”
I imagined President Trump sitting next to a young college student. His pack is beside him and his Socialism and Justice Warrior books laid aside. He listens to Trump’s proposal and looks at the different bait he can use to catch his fish. Trump offers him a fishing pole. Each of us has the freedom to choose our own destiny.
Trump has suggested through his educational policy that people can be taught a skilled vocation. How will Trump make America great again? I believe this mantra is about giving American citizens an equal opportunity to find success. Equal opportunity is different than equal results. You can give a man a pole, it doesn’t mean he will use it.
In other words “I painted the literal interpretation of a common saying because my audience does not understand or enjoy subtlety.”
Trump as a fisherman is almost as laughable as Trump as the champion of workforce education and training. As with most things, he talks a big game and then doesn’t follow through. Trump recently told a crowd, “I think the word ‘vocational’ is a much better word than in many cases, a community college. A lot of people don’t know what a community college means or represents.”
Unfortunately, Trump’s budget proposal cut $168 million in grant funding for career and technical education programs in high school, using that money to fund private school vouchers instead. (I don’t know about you, but I don’t think private schools teach fishing.)
President Obama—who McNaughton painted as a Constitution-burning friend of terrorists—proposed more funding for vocational training and community colleges, but that was back when Republicans were pretending to care about the deficit.
Twitter was immediately on the case, roasting the new portrait to kingdom come:
Are they at a bus stop in the middle of a forest? pic.twitter.com/fnNWxOOGut
— Maggie Serota (@maggieserota) April 27, 2018
*sees Trump, a guy who has lived like a 17th-century French dauphin for 70+ years*
Now there's a guy who knows how to bait a hook.https://t.co/7KxarQVWzN
— Calm Tomb (@CalmTomb) April 27, 2018
re this painting: it is so interesting to watch conservatives project traditional patriarchal white manhood on a figure who built his public life around rejecting the morality that underpins it https://t.co/6thEumKAuJ
— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) April 27, 2018
Everyone already has a copy of "Socialism" the book but where do you cop "Justice Warrior" that sounds good as hell. pic.twitter.com/TcgdlXZc1z
— luke oneil (@lukeoneil47) April 27, 2018
the notion of donald trump, the NY media obsessed, ivy-league educated, manhattan real estate scion and proud, avowed socialite being treated like some earthy man of the people will never not be deliriously funny to me https://t.co/se43i1QPqX
— John Miguel McCauley (@Mickey_McCauley) April 27, 2018
ah yes, the man famous for his legendary patience to both fish and teach pic.twitter.com/Ts51y0CUjS
— Jake Currie (@jakecurrie) April 27, 2018
You know what they say: The only way to stop 35-year-old men from reading about socialism is for the president to take them fishing in the middle of a dry forest. pic.twitter.com/1yYClaWane
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) April 27, 2018
Why is Trump wearing a suit to go fishing?
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) April 27, 2018
Very disappointed in Eli Manning for going on this fishing trip pic.twitter.com/0adcVisl5e
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) April 27, 2018
When your sons won’t go fishing with you… but Eli Manning agrees to go in their place pic.twitter.com/GmfWUpCkV0
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) April 27, 2018
"yes it's a very interesting tacklebox sir, but… there's no water around here" pic.twitter.com/GpL4nqI4O1
— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) April 27, 2018
This is a saltwater rod and reel I’m upset https://t.co/PLMnIGi8VC
— de bleck penta (@fivefifths) April 27, 2018
— ceeks ⚰️ (@70Ceeks) April 27, 2018